Billy Bush, the former “Access Hollywood” host, has responded to recent reports that President Donald Trump has questioned the authenticity of video in which he can be heard bragging about grabbing women by their genitalia, saying the president was “indulging in some revisionist history.”
In an op-ed Sunday for the New York Times, Bush said he was disturbed by reports from the past week that Trump has told allies and at least one senator that he may not be the voice on the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape.
“He said it,” Bush wrote, referring to Trump’s now infamous “grab them by the p--” remark made on an Access Hollywood bus.
“Of course he said it,” Bush added. “And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America’s highest-rated bloviator. Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act. He was performing. Surely we thought, none of this was real,” Bush wrote.
“We now know better,” he added, referring to the women who of come forward to accuse Trump of improper sexual advances.
When The Washington Post reported the leaked video in October 2016, then-candidate Trump admitted that it was him on the tape and dismissed his words as “locker-room banter.”
“I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize,” he said.
“President Trump is currently indulging in some revisionist history,” Bush wrote. “This has hit a raw nerve in me.”